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Keep those stories about heroic CHP and Caltrans workers coming: Roadshow

Q: The column on heroic things CHP officers have done was a welcome change of pace. I hope you write more of these. The news is full of bad things. It is very nice to see “good things” get more circulation.

Mike Richter, San Jose

A: Others shared your sentiments about that column, and the one honoring Caltrans workers for heroic acts.

Q: That was a great write-up on the CHP, including about the two lawbreakers who needed help in extremely dangerous situations and CHP who stepped in to assist, even while risking harm to themselves.

I got curious and looked up the CHP Code of Honor, which new recruits pledge to uphold.  One item states that they must “assist those in peril or distress…” This code is written without regard to whether the person is a lawbreaker or not. Some may say the lawbreaker doesn’t deserve the assistance, but I say helping them when they cannot do so themselves, is the humanly decent thing to do.

Manny Barron, North Fork

A: If a CHP officer or Caltrans worker sees a motorist in distress, they are required to provide assistance. The rest of us can say thank goodness that they are out there, for this and many other reasons.

Q: Hi, Gary. I’m so glad to see that you’re back at your desk! I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get news of Mrs. Roadshow’s progress. I hope she is well.

Since you were out, my wife and I took a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. Gas prices there, especially in New Zealand, were through the roof. Sold by the liter, in New Zealand I saw prices equivalent to $10.30 per gallon! That is in New Zealand dollars, which has a very poor exchange rate, but New Zealanders still are paying that amount of money for gas. Just thought you would like to know.

John LaLonde, Indian Wells

A: Mrs. Roadshow had a couple of spine surgeries — one expected, and one not — and she is recovering well, thanks. As for gas price pain, it is worldwide, as your report shows.

Q: If you have tried to go west on Highway 237 from 101 northbound in the past six months, you probably missed the exit. There used to be a sign on the overpass, but it has been gone for a long time. Unless you know that hidden off-ramp is what you are looking for, you are out of luck. It is especially bad at night. Can you work your magic and get this fixed?

Kaaren Marquez

A: Thanks for the information. A new sign is on order.

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